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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Oct 6, 2009 2:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: list of over-used words on the forum

This suggestion made me think of vice-president Spiro Agnew -- something I hadn't done in decades, thank goodness. But I agree: let us eschew obfuscation.

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Oct 6, 2009 2:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Cryptical Envelopment

This thread brought to you in order to inspire Furthur codification of the comedic stylings of this goodly forum, which incidentally I have only recently begun to crack.

To my chagrin, I end up having to ignore at least half of the pop culture references as they occured 20+ years before my time.

"And all the children learning, from books that they were burning..."

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 6, 2009 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Cryptical Envelopment

Hey DP--just noticed your subject line--outstanding! Of course, I am not sure what to make of "Sha-grin" but I will get back to yu on tat.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Oct 6, 2009 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: list of over-used words on the forum

Spiro Agnew, the man who gave us the colorful term "nattering nabobs of negativism."

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Oct 6, 2009 3:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: list of over-used words on the forum

But weren't those words placed in his mouth by the recently departed William Safire?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 6, 2009 3:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: list of over-used words on the forum

Yes! They were indeed.

And, he was one to use his vocabulary!

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Oct 6, 2009 3:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: list of over-used words on the forum

Could be... Wasn't Pat Buchanan Spiro's speech writer?

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 6, 2009 3:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: list of over-used words on the forum

Hey D--that is one of my favorite terms (eschew obfuscation) but I fear it would get us in trouble with the PP police...

Had to find this:

"Literally, the phrase means "avoid ambiguity, adopt clarity", but the use of relatively uncommon words causes confusion, making the phrase an example of irony, and more precisely a heterological or hypocritical phrase (it does not embody its own advice)."

This post was modified by William Tell on 2009-10-06 22:28:30

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Oct 6, 2009 3:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: list of over-used words on the forum

Yes. It ranks in my mind with the legendary telephone greeting, "Department of Redundancy Department."

Do you literary types call that reflexive? Another old favorite:

Q: Why do farts smell the way they do?
A: So the deaf can enjoy them to.